You don’t have to own a condo or a house to make your home yours. Rentals can be challenging (unattractive flooring, standard white walls, outdated light fixtures) but there are plenty of ways to work around the problem and tailor your apartment to your own tastes.
To really make an apartment your own, hang some artwork. If your landlord is dead set against any nails going into the wall, try some picture hanging strips instead.
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Some landlords will allow you to paint as long as you choose a neutral color. Even the slightest hint of color can transform an apartment and freshen up the walls. If you can’t paint, bring color into your home through furnishings and artwork.
Replace outdated ceiling lights with something a little more stylish.
Faux wall paneling adds interest and texture. If your landlord doesn’t want you to paint, get the same effect with washi tape.
Old counter tops can temporarily become granite with Appliance Art’s Instant Granite. Similar to Contact Paper, the peel and stick Instant Granite can be applied directly over old counter tops and pulled back up when you’re ready to move again.
A wallpapered accent wall is a great way to add charm to a boring space. You could find some temporary wallpaper that you love.
And finally — hardware is a little thing, but it can have a big impact on the feel of a home. Why not replace some of the cabinet pulls or doorknobs in your home with new ones? Your new hardware will give your new apartment instant charm, and you can take it with you when you go.
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With a bit of imagination you can transform your rental into a cozy home.